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Pilot and passenger crash into forested area in Switzerland

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:29 AM EDT, Sat October 15, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Plane crashes after takeoff in forested area
  • The Piper aircraft loses contact 30 minutes after takeoff, police say

(CNN) -- Swiss police said Saturday that a pilot and a passenger died after their Piper aircraft crashed in a forested area in the country's northwest.

Canton Police said a 29-year-old British resident and a 40-year-old resident of Neuchatel, Switzerland, died in Friday's crash in the outskirts if the village of Fontaines-sur-Grandson, in Canton of Vaud.

The aircraft, a registered Piper, had taken off from the airfield of Colombier was heading to Amiens, France. The plane lost contact with air traffic control 30 minutes after take-off, police said.

Police did not offer any additional information about the two victims.

The cause of the accident remained unknown. Police asked potential witnesses to call a hotline.

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